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Letting Go of My Overly-Ambitious Christmas Plans


Photo Credit: Harris Walker/Flickr

Baby’s first Christmas is days away and there’s no way I’m going to get every special thing done that I want to accomplish for my daughters. I love holidays and I’ve always dreamed of starting new traditions with my own family. Big dreams are translating into big-time self-imposed pressure. I didn’t consider that the simple feeding, chasing and cleaning-up after babies would leave me with a lot less DIY time than pre-baby years.

Here’s what I have gotten done:

1. Santa photos

2. Christmas photos of the girls in matching tights

3. Above Christmas photo turned into a holiday card

4. Holiday cards addressed and in the mail (Yes, I’m totally counting this!)

5. Christmas lights up

6. Christmas tree (a short one)

7. Lots of Christmas music playing all month long

8.  Found the PERFECT baby’s 1st Christmas ornament

Here’s what will have to wait until next year:

1. Hand-embroidered, personalized stockings (was going to buy the stockings already made and embroider my daughters’ names myself but still haven’t found those “timeless” stockings I have pictured in my head)

2. Christmas tree decorating beyond some lights and tinsel (which I only got to yesterday)

3.  A Christmas log (not even going to bake it, just order and pick up!)

4.  Wrapping the presents (I can throw a blanket over them and the babies won’t know the difference)

5. Attending some sort of Christmas choral performance (that may wait a few years)

6. Riding around to see Christmas lights

7. Baking cookies for Santa

And as much as I hope to get these and more traditions going, my greatest goal is to ensure that my daughters and I have a relaxed and happy Christmas. The most important tradition!


Other posts from Rebecca:

10 Adorable, Modern Baby’s 1st Christmas Ornament

16 Bizarre Christmas Ornaments From Etsy

We Did It!  Santa Photos With 2 Babies

U.S. Gov Publishes ‘Adopting As a Single Parent’

Baby Choking Risks: I’m Reminding to Keep Chopping, Chopping Chopping

Don’t Feel Guilty For Rehoming Your Pet

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